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How do I become a special education teacher? How do I get everything with data collection done? Where do I start in mastering something? How do I become exceptional at one thing? How do I perfect a special education classroom? Welcome to Be The Exception Podcast where we will answer all these questions and so many more. Each episode, host Dawn Ellis will bring you productivity tips, mindset motivation, special education strategies, education hacks, and inspirational stories that can help you become the exceptional human you were meant to be. We all have something that comes naturally to us that others would love to know more about. So let’s start the conversation and learn from others, so we can grow together.

Be The Exception Dawn Ellis

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How do I become a special education teacher? How do I get everything with data collection done? Where do I start in mastering something? How do I become exceptional at one thing? How do I perfect a special education classroom? Welcome to Be The Exception Podcast where we will answer all these questions and so many more. Each episode, host Dawn Ellis will bring you productivity tips, mindset motivation, special education strategies, education hacks, and inspirational stories that can help you become the exceptional human you were meant to be. We all have something that comes naturally to us that others would love to know more about. So let’s start the conversation and learn from others, so we can grow together.

    Self Contained Teacher Secrets You Need to Know Now to Have the Best Semester!

    Self Contained Teacher Secrets You Need to Know Now to Have the Best Semester!

    Being a self contained teacher is so rewarding, but it can also be hard some days. There are so many moving pieces, so many things to keep up with. It can quickly become overwhelming. 
     
    In this week’s episode I am chatting with Micala from Hardly Contained in Sped. As a self contained teacher she understands the challenges that you are facing everyday. She is sharing some tips and strategies to make sure that you are ready to have your best semester yet! 




    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of knowing the master schedule for your entire school. How to adapt your classroom schedule to include all the therapies. How to use your paraprofessionals to the fullest extent. About advocating for yourself, not just your students.


    Links and Resources
    Fall Agenda Slides Freebie
    Connect with Micala Fisher
     
    Hardly Contained in Sped Instagram
    The Speducation ConnectionTpT Store
     
    Connect with Dawn
    Find me on IG
    Etsy Shop
    TpT Store




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    • 43 min
    Better Meet Your CVI Learners’ Needs in Your Classroom

    Better Meet Your CVI Learners’ Needs in Your Classroom

    What is CVI? Cerebral visual impairment (sometimes called cortical visual impairment or CVI) is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that process vision. It’s most common in babies and young children, but can continue into adulthood. A child with CVI has vision problems that are caused by their brain that can’t be explained by a problem with their eyes. Normally, the eyes send electrical signals to the brain, and the brain turns those signals into the images you see. If you have CVI, your brain has trouble processing and understanding these signals. As elementary teachers, we will sometimes see CVI learners in our classrooms. Supporting them can be a challenge if we are not familiar with the impairment.
     
    In this week’s episode I am sharing some ideas to better support your CVI learners.  This includes how you can adapt resources so that they can better interpret what you are showing them.
     
    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of leaning on your visual impairment teacher when responsible. How to adapt resources for your CVI learners. How to find CVI friendly videos for instruction. About CVI learners


    Links and Resources
    The Paul V Sherlock Center of Disabilities
    American Printing House
     
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    • 11 min
    Overcome Classroom Behaviors with These Tips

    Overcome Classroom Behaviors with These Tips

    Are you already feeling overwhelmed with some classroom behaviors? Do you feel like you have already tried all the tools in your toolbox and nothing seems to be changing? It seems like we completely skipped the honeymoon period this year and things are already starting to pop up. 
     
    In this week’s episode I am chatting with Abby from Mrs. Moes Modifications about overcoming classroom behaviors. She is sharing tons of tips and strategies and an incredible freebie with everyone.
     
    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of using role play in your classroom with students and TAs. How to adapt the types of praises that you use with your students. How to teach routines in your classroom. About using common language from all the adults.


    Links and Resources
    Special Education Fall Bundle
     
    Connect with Abby Moes
     
    Mrs. Moes Modifications Facebook Group
    Mrs. Moes Modifications Facebook
    Mrs. Moes Modifications Instagram
    Mrs. Moes Modifications TikTok
    Mrs. Moes Freebie (Token Boards)
     
    Connect with Dawn
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    If you are loving the podcast, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other teachers find my podcast and I love hearing what you think about the podcast as well. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what part of the podcast you found to be the most helpful!

    • 24 min
    What to Wear as a Special Educator this School Year…Including Shoes!!

    What to Wear as a Special Educator this School Year…Including Shoes!!

    How many steps are you taking during the day at work? Most days it feels like I never sit down! Some days I even find myself crawling around on the floor for some learning activity with my students. The way I dress matters…from my shoes to my clothes I need to be both professional and comfortable.
     
    I’ve been asked several times lately about this very topic over on Tik Tok so in this week’s episode I am sharing some ideas with you. There are a few splurge items as well as some budget friendly items to consider. 
     
    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of comfortable footwear…it can be life changing! How to stretch your budget for clothes and shoes. How to be both professional and comfortable. About functional clothing.


    Links and Resources
    CEM Amazon Store



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    • 16 min
    6 Ways to Prevent Burnout As a Special Educator

    6 Ways to Prevent Burnout As a Special Educator

    Teacher burnout is such a hot topic right now! It is something that we all deal with in certain ways and something that we have talked about several times on this show. There just seems to be so much right now and it feels like something new is added to our already overflowing plates each day. So what can we do? How can we avoid burnout to the point that we are ready to quit?
     
    In this episode I am chatting with Alexis from The Peachy Speducator about 6 ways you can prevent burnout as a special educator. With 11 years experience, she has some great strategies that will keep you on the right track.
     
    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of delegating tasks to teacher assistants and parent volunteers. How to have a cut-off time for work stuff. How to give yourself grace. About taking breaks, even during the day.


    Links and Resources
    Daily Wellness Freebie
     
    Connect with the Peachy Speducator
     
    The Peachy Speducator Blog
    The Peachy Speducator Pinterest
    The Peachy Speducator Facebook
    The Peach Speducator Instagram
     
    Connect with Dawn
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    Etsy Shop
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    Subscribe
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    Leave a Review
    If you are loving the podcast, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other teachers find my podcast and I love hearing what you think about the podcast as well. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what part of the podcast you found to be the most helpful!

    • 25 min
    5 Simple Ways to Have a Great Year as a Special Educator

    5 Simple Ways to Have a Great Year as a Special Educator

    School is back in full swing for me and I will be the first to admit that it has been a lot! Even as a veteran teacher I am finding it difficult to get my footing right now and feel like things are smoothing out. I spent some time recently really focusing on what I could control and things that I could change to make life a little easier. 
     
    In this week’s episode I want to share 5 things with you that have really stood out over the last few weeks. Each of these are simple in process, but can make a big change in how you are feeling about your year, whether you have already started or are about to get started.
     
    In this episode you will learn:



    The benefits of keeping an open communication line with parents. How to adapt your zoom lessons if you are still teaching some students virtually. How to use digital assignments for all students, even if they are in-person. About taking time to allow your students to know some of the real you and making time to fully connect with them. About giving yourself some grace during this adjustment period.


    Connect with Dawn
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    Subscribe
    Are you subscribed to my podcast? Trust me, you definitely want to do that so you don’t miss a thing! Click here to subscribe in iTunes!
    Leave a Review
    If you are loving the podcast, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other teachers find my podcast and I love hearing what you think about the podcast as well. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what part of the podcast you found to be the most helpful!

    • 15 min

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